Feb 17, 2013 12:00pm PST
. i'm trying to get to us look at things where can we go with the technology, what can we do with it and provide a little bit of how the space has evolved because i used to do similar things at google. in 2007 i came to work with google, where i ran advanced projects, where we did everything from the imaging systems for google street view to google earth to google maps to energy projects like google power meter. >> but when you look at ed lu you hear things like liquid robotics, 3-d imaging. >> right. >> and obviously b612. >> right. >> what's the unifying theme for ed lu? >> i think that ed is fascinated by the horizon, by what's over the next hill. it could be exploring space, it could be a new vehicle that paddles its way out into the ocean, it could be finding threats to the earth. >> i think we're living in a really special time now. for 4.5 billion years this planet has been hit by large asteroids, thousands of times, and we've reached the point where we as a species have figured out the technology that we could actually stop that process on this planet. i mean think ab
Feb 16, 2013 10:00am PST
in the extraction of natural gas from the ground, called hydraulic fracturings, or fracking. these new technologies enable drillers to extract oil and gas encased in shale formations throughout the country -- the northeast, the mountain, the west coast, the plain states. domestic natural gas has a lot of boosters including t. boone pickens. >> we have the most natural gas of anybody and we've got to use it. it's cleaner, it's cheaper, it's abundant, and it's ours. >> and the result is that natural gas has become even more abun dandant and a cheaper, abo quarter of what it cost five years ago. gas companies are paying americans whose property sit on natural gas formations. that's making a lot of americans wealthy. and according to some very sick. new york has put a moratorium on fracking in the state, and this week that moratorium was extended to spend more time reviewing health effects that shale drilling and fracking could have on local communities. now, the 2010 movie "gas land" took a highly critical view of the expansion of fracking and the state of regulatory oversight over it. have a listen.